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LAPD Officers Arrested in Whittier in Pistol-Whipping Case

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Last night two off-duty LAPD officers were arrested in Whittier and booked "on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon," according to KFWB. The officers, whose names cannot by law be released, were allegedly drinking when they became engaged in a fight outside the Panera Bread Bakery Cafe at the Whittwood Town Center. Whittier PD Lt. Carlos Solorza describes the incident as starting when "an officer began arguing with his girlfriend and thought a man standing nearby was paying too much attention to the squabble - so he hit him in the face." In the ensuing scuffle the man "was chased, tackled by both officers and pistol-whipped. He was treated at a hospital."

According to a press release issued by the LAPD, the criminal investigation will be conducted by the Whittier PD, and the administrative investigation is being handled by LAPD's Internal Affairs. As a result of their arrest, "both officers will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation," notes the LAPD, who pledge to "rigorously investigate this incident and fully cooperate with the Whittier Police Department."